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From federal to local level, emphasis put on preventing overdoses

President Barack Obama has proposed $1.1 billion in new spending to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse that has taken its ...

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Snow showers could be on way for Hall County

No accumulation is expected, but snow showers could hit Hall County on Monday and Tuesday.

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'Somebody who cares': Mentors look forward to helping students

'Somebody who cares': Mentors look forward to helping students

“The younger, the better,” Jerry Lewis said about students to mentor at Gainesville Exploration Academy. He works with a fourth-grader.

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Medical Center marks 65th anniversary of Hall County’s original hospital

Medical Center marks 65th anniversary of Hall County’s original hospital

It was Sept. 1, 1951, when the 90-bed Hall County Hospital opened its doors at 743 Spring St. in Gainesville

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Oakwood woman’s family seeks answers to 2014 slaying

Oakwood woman’s family seeks answers to 2014 slaying

The loved ones of Holly Fox Strickland will let Chinese floating lanterns fly this weekend to honor the memory of a mother killed two years ...

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Early voting in Georgia’s presidential primary starts Monday

Now it gets real.

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Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff ...

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Local man sells model planes to afford future he never planned

Local man sells model planes to afford future he never planned

Ray Lawson lived his life like there was no tomorrow.

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Business leaders honor trio of area pioneers

Business leaders honor trio of area pioneers

A neurosurgeon, a conservationist and a CEO walked into a country club Saturday night in Gainesville and walked out as the newest inductees of the ...

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Polar Bear Plunge draws dozens to leap into Lake Lanier, if a month late

Polar Bear Plunge draws dozens to leap into Lake Lanier, if a month late

On Saturday, 53 brave individuals chose to do something most would consider strange or abnormal: jump into the frigid February waters of Lake Lanier at ...

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Fire destroys mobile home in North Hall; 2 escape unhurt

Fire destroys mobile home in North Hall; 2 escape unhurt

Two residents escaped a mobile home fire early Saturday morning in North Hall County, but the home was a total loss.

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2 Injured Hall firefighters ‘disappointed,’ ‘saddened’ by county’s decision to end their employment

Two of the three Hall County firefighters injured in a July 2014 training incident called their separation from the county disappointing, one saying he was ...

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Scoring change helps more adults secure GEDs

Scoring change helps more adults secure GEDs

Henry Moore of Gillsville will get his GED in early March after a change in the scoring of the test gave him a passing grade.

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VA schedules workshops in Toccoa, Cornelia

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will hold counseling workshops for veterans at Georgia Department of Labor career centers in Stephens and Habersham counties ...

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Crews put out home fire in East Hall

Crews put out home fire in East Hall

Hall County firefighters put out a residential fire Friday in the 2800 block of Gillsville Highway in East Hall County.

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Dentists, students take day to treat children in need of dental care

Dentists, students take day to treat children in need of dental care

“It gets kind of crazy,” David Byers, head of the dental hygiene program at Lanier Technical College, said Friday morning as about 100 volunteers provided ...

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Go Red event highlights women’s heart health

Go Red event highlights women’s heart health

True to its name, the inaugural Go Red for Women gathering at First Baptist Gainesville brought out hundreds of women — and a handful of men ...

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Union County hospital CEO, 5 others arrested in prescription drug sting

The CEO of Blairsville’s Union General Hospital is one of six suspects accused of being involved with fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers.

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Council to explore traffic solutions for Sterling on the Lake area

Tuesday’s two-hour public hearing gave the Flowery Branch City Council plenty of insight into the safety and traffic concerns of residents of Sterling on ...

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More than 500 express interest in Hall's Early College program

Plans for Hall County’s Early College @ Jones are moving quickly. More than 530 high school students expressed an interest in the program, and formal ...

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Wrenched Bicycles moves to larger, more visible location

Wrenched Bicycles moves to larger, more visible location

The old Wrenched Bicycles shop was tucked into a small, quaint building on Bradford Street, just off the downtown square.

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Flowery Branch hosts annual Black History Month program

Flowery Branch hosts annual Black History Month program

Speakers encouraged students to be a part of the change they hope to see in a Black History Month program Thursday at Flowery Branch High.

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Georgia House panel backs ‘Pastor Protection’ bill

A Georgia House panel has approved a bill stating that religious officials don’t have to perform same-sex marriages, a protection some believe is already ...

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Firefighter trio injured in ladder truck incident no longer employed with Hall County

Firefighter trio injured in ladder truck incident no longer employed with Hall County

All three Hall County firefighters injured in a July 2014 training incident are no longer employed with Hall County, according to officials.

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Buy Local Expo showcases more than 60 local businesses

Buy Local Expo showcases more than 60 local businesses

Officials with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce said Thursday’s Buy Local Safe & Green Expo went well, bringing in more than 300 at the ...

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Oakwood-based Wayne Farms laying off 500 at Mississippi plant

LAUREL, Miss. — An Oakwood-based poultry company says its Laurel, Miss., plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end ...

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Brenau President Ed Schrader named to national board of independent colleges

Brenau President Ed Schrader named to national board of independent colleges

Ed Schrader, president of Brenau University, was named Wednesday to the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Affordable housing resources

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House passes bill giving Hope Scholarship recipients more credit for science, math

ATLANTA — The Georgia House has approved a bill giving Hope Scholarship recipients more credit for science, technology, engineering and math courses.

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Local sports bars offer deals, raffles on Super Bowl Sunday

Whether you’re a fan of the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos or you just love those quirky commercials, there are a number of ...

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Hall County crews restoring log cabin for Cherokee Bluffs Park

Hall County crews restoring log cabin for Cherokee Bluffs Park

Piece by piece, officials with Hall County Parks and Leisure are rebuilding a historic log cabin home dating back to the 1840s as an educational ...

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Buford prison employee pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into kitchen

A College Park woman working in a Buford prison was the first of more than 80 defendants Wednesday to plead guilty to smuggling drugs into ...

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Longtime local ‘Mark Trail’ cartoonist Jack Elrod dies

Longtime local ‘Mark Trail’ cartoonist Jack Elrod dies

Jack Elrod Jr., a Gainesville native who spent 64 years working on the nationally syndicated outdoor comic “Mark Trail,” died Wednesday. He was 91.

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House passes bill giving more Hope Scholarship credit for science, math

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State EPD: Glades Reservoir not needed for water supply

State EPD: Glades Reservoir not needed for water supply

Georgia no longer requires the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall County to meet the state’s water supply needs through 2050, according to the ...

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Citizens academies give residents a crash course in local government

Citizens academies give residents a crash course in local government

Gainesville and Hall County residents interested in learning more about the inner workings of local government have a chance to do so this spring.

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Forsyth deputies fire at suspect, say they found meth, cash in car

Shots were fired by law enforcement personnel during a traffic stop Tuesday night in north Forsyth that resulted in the man’s arrest and the ...

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Will White replacing Dick Valentine as United Community Bank leader

Will White replacing Dick Valentine as United Community Bank leader

United Community Bank has announced longtime Gainesville banker Will White will succeed veteran banking leader Dick Valentine when he retires from his role as regional ...

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The Venue at Friendship Springs construction progressing in South Hall

The Venue at Friendship Springs construction progressing in South Hall

Steel is up at The Venue at Friendship Springs after the project got behind in October when a record 20 inches of rain fell in ...

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Day care worker sentenced to 8 years in prison for scalding toddler

Day care worker sentenced to 8 years in prison for scalding toddler

A day care worker from a now closed Clermont center was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for scalding a 16-month-old child with hot ...

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Gainesville Police investigating armed robbery in Ralston Street area

Gainesville Police are investigating after a man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon around Ralston Street.

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Authorities: Man's arms broken with bat in armed robbery

Authorities: Man's arms broken with bat in armed robbery

A Gainesville man allegedly broke a former co-worker’s arms with a baseball bat and took the victim’s cellphone and wallet, according to authorities.

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Gainesville will help fund Tumbling Creek bridge

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday approved contributing $200,000 to build a bridge along Tumbling Creek Road that would span railroad tracks.

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Charges added in case involving teen shot in back

Charges added in case involving teen shot in back

More teenagers were charged in an incident Saturday night involving a teenager shot in the back, according to authorities.

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Residents' feedback spurs sidewalk expansion in lower-income neighborhood

Residents' feedback spurs sidewalk expansion in lower-income neighborhood

Parks, commercial development and safe streets have long been needs for Gainesville’s poorest neighborhoods, where residents often feel underserved by government and community services.

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Authorities: Man stole more than $12,000 of property

Authorities: Man stole more than $12,000 of property

A Buford man is charged with stealing more than $12,000 worth of property in incidents on Lakeshore Road.

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N. Hall, S. Hall subdivision plans face opposition at planning board meeting

Two subdivision plans featuring more than 150 lots each ran into opposition from neighbors and questions from the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday night.

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Enota school plans depend on many uncertain factors

Enota school plans depend on many uncertain factors

The move of Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students during construction of a new school has a number of factors that remain uncertain. As a result ...

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Days could be numbered for historic Dahlonega building

Days could be numbered for historic Dahlonega building

Plans to demolish a historic building in downtown Dahlonega and build an upscale, boutique hotel in its place can now move forward after the City ...

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Organizations say blood donations dropped to nearly nonexistent this winter

Organizations say blood donations dropped to nearly nonexistent this winter

Across Georgia, blood banks are in dire need of the blood donations that save lives on a daily basis. Due to the recent weather the ...

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Iowa caucuses: Cruz tops GOP; Dems finish in virtual tie

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Library system now offering passport service

Library system now offering passport service

The close location and helpful assistance made life easy for Lindsey White and her two children on Monday as they applied for passports ahead of ...

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Jo Dinnan recommended as Hall elementary education director

Jo Dinnan recommended as Hall elementary education director

Jo Dinnan, principal at Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy for 10 years, will be recommended to be the Hall County School District director of elementary ...

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Immigrant students can’t sue state agency over tuition

The state’s highest court on Monday ruled against a group of students who were brought to the United States illegally as children and want ...

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Pedestrian hit crossing Ga. 400 in Dawson County early Monday morning dies

A pedestrian hit this morning as he attempted to cross Ga. 400 in Dawson County has died.

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3 injured in I-985 wreck

A pair of wrecks about a mile apart critically injured one and closed a portion of Interstate 985 South for a brief time Sunday afternoon.

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Downsizing easier said than done in housing market

Downsizing easier said than done in housing market

The affordable housing crunch in Hall County is not unique to renters.

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Bridal Expo offers inspiration, options

Bridal Expo offers inspiration, options

The Gainesville Civic Center hummed with the sound of women chatting excitedly with their mothers and closest friends, as they planned the best day of ...

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Milestones a step up, but ‘not the final word’

The state’s new Milestones test requires more from students, city and county education officials agree — and that is generally good.

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Rooster’s Perch to expand job training for disabled

Rooster’s Perch to expand job training for disabled

Inside the Rooster’s Perch, there’s a framed Bible verse on the kitchen counter. It’s in a small frame and it’s easy ...

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‘Miracle’ child Ayden Hopper turns 4, now cancer-free

‘Miracle’ child Ayden Hopper turns 4, now cancer-free

Ayden Hopper is a miracle.

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Girls learn about the messages they send at WomenSource workshop

Girls learn about the messages they send at WomenSource workshop

A group of over 300 people, mostly made up of young girls in middle and high school, used their Saturday for educating themselves.

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Wheelchair sport advocate Jerry Frick remembered as ‘larger than life’

Wheelchair sport advocate Jerry Frick remembered as ‘larger than life’

Gerry Brown started the new millennium married to Jerry Frick, a man she described with an infectious laugh and helped launch the sport of power ...

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Georgia Milestones tests now carry higher stakes

High school students in Gainesville and Hall County are used to high-stakes final exams. They’re used to spending hours studying their notes, taking practice ...

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Solutions to affordable housing shortage come from variety of sources

Solutions to affordable housing shortage come from variety of sources

A lack of affordable, quality housing in Gainesville and Hall County and its effects on the area economy and residents’ quality of life are issues ...

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2 men arrested on drug charges; one resists, fights back, officials say

Two men face drug charges after an arrest Friday, during which one resisted arrest and fought with the officers, officials say.

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SLIDESHOW: A fashionable Fasching festival in Helen

SLIDESHOW: A fashionable Fasching festival in Helen

Partygoers got their annual midwinter head start on Mardis Gras on Saturday by dressing up in their finest festival attire for the annual Fasching event ...

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Humane Society pets lend their paws for the cause

Humane Society pets lend their paws for the cause

Anyone who has owned a dog or cat can attest to the difficulty of getting a confused animal to follow directions. But for local artist ...

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Teen injured, another arrested after shooting incident in vehicle

One teenager was wounded and another arrested after a shooting incident Friday night in southern Hall County, the sheriff’s office reported this morning.

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You Heard It Here: No, Shaq did not come to Gainesville

The classic Georgia-Florida mixup for residents of Gainesville came again with the viral video of Shaquille O’Neal playing basketball with children.

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Students get 'psyched out' at Brenau event

Students get 'psyched out' at Brenau event

Victoria Martin, a junior at Chestatee High School, squealed and jumped when the “control” in the experiment flexed her wrist and Victoria felt the electric ...

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Georgia’s middle class is shrinking, Pew report shows

Job losses, wage cuts and underemployment during the recession have taken a very specific toll on the nation’s middle class.

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Crunched for space: Carter family wants affordable place with breathing room

Crunched for space: Carter family wants affordable place with breathing room

In the claustrophobic confines of Brenda and Darrell Carter’s Gainesville apartment, 26-year-old Cortney Jackson sits on a sofa surrounded by medical equipment, framed photos ...

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Principals, state labor chief focus on workplace habits at panel discussion

An employee at Kubota Manufacturing who is late, leaves early or is absent without scheduling time off six times in a year no longer has ...

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Suspect wanted in armed robbery at Dollar General

Suspect wanted in armed robbery at Dollar General

An armed man told everyone to get on the ground Thursday night in a Gainesville Dollar General and demanded cash from the cashier, police said.

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